Hard-line Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani has justified the presence of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
It said that “unlike India, PLA has not forcibly occupied Azad Kashmir and they are there due to mutual agreement between China and Pakistan.”
Hurriyat Conference also rejected former chief minister Omar Abdullah’s assertion that separatists have maintained silence over the presence of the PLA troops along the Line of Control in PoK. The party said Omar had no moral justification to criticize separatists.
How is it that Kashmiri leaders who have so much to say about Indian troops in J&K have nothing to say about Chinese troops across the LoC?
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) March 13, 2016
“Azad Kashmir is now a part of the Pakistan-China economic corridor and pro-freedom people here have no reason to oppose presence of the PLA there. China is a strong supporter of right to self-determination of Kashmiri people so it is in no way fair to compare the Chinese army with occupational forces of India,” the spokesman said.
After frequent incursions in Ladakh area, PLA troops were spotted at forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) on the Pakistani side of Kashmir. This could have raised the worries of Indian security agencies.
The Hurriyat Conference said China will not do anything which will endanger sovereignty and Jammu & Kashmir after it attains “freedom from India.”
The spokesman said Kashmiris were thankful to China for its unconditional support to their freedom struggle.